This morning at 3:35 a.m., Bellevue police and fire responded to Hotel 116 located at 625 116th Avenue NE for a report of an accidental shooting. When Officers arrived, they located a 25 year-old male in a hotel room with a gunshot wound to the head. The male was transported to Harborview Hospital, however he died at the hospital.
Investigators learned that the man and his acquaintance, a 24 year-old female, had rented a room at the hotel. The female acquaintance told investigators that at one point the victim began playing around with a handgun. The female told the man to stop because she felt uncomfortable, and the man told the woman not to worry because the gun was unloaded, put the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. The gun discharged and the woman ran to the lobby and called 911. Police and medics arrived and attempted lifesaving efforts, however the man did not survive. Bellevue Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.
Shortly after 2 a.m. This morning, Bellevue police and fire responded to a report of a traffic crash on 156th Avenue NE just north of NE 20th Street. When responders arrived, they located a vehicle on the side of the road that had struck a light pole. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 23 year-old man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators determined that the involved vehicle, a 2014 BMW 4 Series, had been traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on 156th Avenue NE prior to the crash. Investigators believe that the vehicle struck a center median, causing the car to spin into the light pole. Two other vehicles struck the downed light pole, however those drivers were not injured. The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is working to notify the next of kin. 156th Ave NE was closed for approximately seven hours while police investigated the crash.
This Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department will host its’ annual Child Safety Fair at the Marketplace at Factoria. Bellevue Police Officers and volunteers will be on hand to give out free bike helmets while supplies last, provide free child ID kids courtesy of “Operation Child Safe, and provide visitors an opportunity to have a photo taken on a Bellevue police motorcycle.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects involved in a series of robberies in Bellevue and Redmond. Over the past two weeks, police in Bellevue and Redmond have responded to three separate robberies with a similar pattern.
At approximately at 3:30 p.m. on May 8th, an 18-20 year old African American male suspect wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans approached an Indian female and grabbed the gold necklace from her neck. He then fled the area on foot.
Then, on May 19th around 6:37 p.m., another Indian female who was walking across the SR-520 overpass on 148th Ave NE had her necklace snatched from her neck by a young black male suspect. Bellevue traffic cameras captured video of that robbery:
A similar robbery occurred in the city of Redmond on May 10th. Redmond Detectives
disseminated a composite sketch of the suspect in that case.
This series of robberies matches the pattern of nine other robberies that occurred in Bellevue and Redmond in 2017. No arrests have been made in those cases.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects in any of these cases is asked to contact Crimestoppers of Puget Sound by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or at www.crimestoppers.com. Tips remain anonymous, and information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.